๐ŸนAugust 2020 ~ Wrap Up๐Ÿน

Wow. Time flies by fast.๐Ÿ’จ

I’d love to say that I’m as ready as ever for school, but reality is………

Though I’m sure that’s all of us.

It feels like I read way too little this summer.๐Ÿ˜ฅ I definitely read more in July than August, but at least I got most of my August TBR read!๐Ÿ˜Ž

5 Stars:

I managed to finish re-reading all of Cassie’s main series in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. The Dark Artifices took up a lot of August for me, but that was honestly so worth it. I loved seeing all the Blackthorns again, but a certain book still broke my heart as much as it did the first time.๐Ÿ˜ญ

Bookish and the Beast was such a cute and fluffy contemporary romance and I really do hope the author makes more retellings like these.๐Ÿฅฐ

And I managed to also reread Serpent & Dove before the sequel came out! I’m so scared that someone I love will die in Blood & Honey, I don’t know why but it’s just a feeling that I really hope I’m wrong about.๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜“

4 – 4.5 Stars:

Famous in a Small Town was a super fun read and I will always love the type of relationships Emma Mills puts in her novels. A really quick read it was, too.

Then there’s Scorpio Races. Omg that was probably the most beautiful and well written novel I’ve read in a long time.๐Ÿฅบ Who knew man-eating horses could be so amazing.๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜†

And finally, I decided to do another reread of The Infernal Devices Mangas. I can never get enough of seeing Will, Jem, & Tessa especially if I can see them drawn in a manga style!๐Ÿ˜ The ending still made me cry of course.๐Ÿ’” ๐Ÿ˜ข

You know, now that I look at this, I realize that this month was basically a reread month for me xD. I did way more rereads than actual new reads.๐Ÿ˜‚ Hehe well I wonder how September will be.

Well, that’s all for this month!

๐•‹๐•–๐•๐• ๐•ž๐•– ๐•™๐• ๐•จ ๐”ธ๐•ฆ๐•˜๐•ฆ๐•ค๐•ฅ ๐•จ๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ! ๐”ธ๐•Ÿ๐•ช ๐•—๐•’๐•ง๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ค? โ„๐•–-๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐••๐•ค? ๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•– ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•“๐•–๐•๐• ๐•จ!๐Ÿ’•

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1) by Shelby Mahurin | Review

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Rating: โญโญโญโญโญ


๐—•๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ ๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ๐Ÿข

“Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you.

Where you go, I will go.

Where you stay, I will stay.”

Ahhh I am so not ready for B&H.๐Ÿ”ฅ

I saw many warnings around GR saying that one should reread Serpent & Dove before going on to Blood & Honey.

And it’s good I did that because turns out I forgotโ€ฆโ€ฆa lot.๐Ÿ˜…

The story revolves around a witch & witch-hunterโ€”Lousie Le Blanc & Reid Diggory, who unexpectedly get into an accident forcing them into a marriage neither of them wants. Ahaha and the situation was just hilarious๐Ÿคฃ.

‘He scowled. โ€œI expected little else. We shall, however, endeavor to find you more presentable garments. I wonโ€™t dishonor Reid by having his bride appear a heathen, even if she is one.โ€

โ€œHow dare you?โ€ I clutched the front of my ruined dress in mock affront. โ€œI am a God-fearing Christian woman nowโ€”โ€

My husband hauled me away before I could utter another word.

I swore I heard one of his teeth crack.’

Reid’s frustration with Lou was amazing.๐Ÿ˜‚ Their bantering was hilarious and Reid’s reaction to the things Lou would say was just too good.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜†

‘My eyes lit up. โ€œYes! I set a warehouse on fire once. One match, and the whole thing went up like a smokestack.โ€

He stared at me in horror. โ€œYou set a building on fire?โ€’


Of course, let’s not forget Big Titty Liddy๐Ÿคฃ. I can’t wait to see the rest of the song in Blood & Honey!!!

โ€œโ€˜Big Titty Liddy was not very pretty, but her bosom was big as a barn,โ€™โ€ I sang. โ€œโ€˜Her creamery knockers drove men off their rockers, but she was blind to their charmsโ€”โ€™โ€

โ€œStop!โ€ His face burned so vivid a scarlet it rivaled my husbandโ€™s. โ€œWhat are you doing? Thatโ€”thatโ€™s indecent!โ€

โ€œOf course it is. Itโ€™s a pub song!โ€

โ€œYouโ€™ve been in a pub?โ€ he asked, flabbergasted. โ€œBut youโ€™re a woman.โ€

Poor Ansel had to deal with Lou’s many antics in the beginning. It was too funny, though. He was like a mini Reid at first.๐Ÿคฃ

โ€œI assume it involves kicking puppies or stealing the souls of children.โ€

Ansel looked around anxiously. โ€œYou canโ€™t say things like that. Itโ€™s inappropriate. Youโ€™re a Chasseurโ€™s wife now.โ€

โ€œOh, please.โ€ I gave an exaggerated eye roll. โ€œI thought Iโ€™d already made it clear I donโ€™t give a ratโ€™s ass about being appropriate. Shall I remind you? There are two more verses to โ€˜Big Titty Liddy.โ€™โ€

He paled. โ€œPlease donโ€™t.โ€

Ansel is such a sweet cinnamon roll๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅฐ. No harm must come to him in B&H or elseโ€”

Then there’s Coco and Beau. Beau didn’t really appear much until the end and I’m so looking forward to seeing more of him in the next book.๐Ÿ˜ Coco’s such an awesome best friend and I’m curious to learn more about La Voisin and the Dames Rouge. Good thing I won’t have to wait long now.๐Ÿ˜

I love a good enemies-to-lovers and this was just โœจperfectionโœจ.

So much character developmentโ€”especially in Reid. He went from someone who didn’t swear (like me๐Ÿคฏ) and being a strict rule follower & believer to a man who now looked at the world differently (from his original black & white view) and became more aware of others and their motives. He’s all grown up๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ’•.

~~~~~~~~~SPOILERS HERE~~~~~~~~~

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And of course, the ending!!!! Reid actually sweared hahahaha๐Ÿคฃ

I stared at her for a long second. Convinced I hadnโ€™t heard her. Convinced she might start laughing, or a feu follet would flare and transport me back to reality. Butโ€”no. This was my new reality. Anger erupted inside me, burning away the last of my scruples. โ€œWhy the fuck is everyone in this kingdom trying to murder my wife?โ€

A bubble of laughter escaped Madame Labelleโ€™s lips, but I didnโ€™t think it was funny at all. โ€œWhat are we going to do? Where are we going to go?โ€
โ€ฆโ€ฆ
โ€œReid,โ€ she said slowly, incredulously, โ€œdid you just curse?โ€

My reaction exactly.๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†

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~~~~~~~~~SPOILERS END~~~~~~~~~

If possible, Serpent & Dove was even better than the first time I read it.๐Ÿฅฐ

Please, Blood & Honeyโ€ฆโ€ฆ..don’t let me down.๐Ÿฅบ

๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•—๐•’๐•ง๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•ฅ๐•– ๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ก๐•–? โ„๐•’๐•ง๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐•• ๐•Š๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ก๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ & ๐”ป๐• ๐•ง๐•–? ๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•– ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•“๐•–๐•๐• ๐•จ!๐Ÿ’•

Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon a Con, #3) by Ashley Poston | Review

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

My rating: โญโญโญโญโญ

“With him, a little of her heart leaves, but it leaves room, too.

For new people.

For new loves.

For new impossibilities.”


Awww why did reading this have to go by so fast?๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Ashley Poston creates the most beautiful contemporary retellings EVER๐Ÿฅฐ

Wellโ€ฆโ€ฆmaybe I can’t really say that considering how I’ve only read two of her books.๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚ But it really does feel like that.

I thought Geekerella was amazing and one of the most adorable contemporaries I’ve ever read, but thisโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ

Bookish and the Beast completely surpasses its predecessors!๐Ÿ˜ (I can’t really judge the 2nd book though, since I haven’t read it xD) It was such a cute and fun read!๐Ÿฅฐ

Vance Reigns is the actor for General Sondโ€”the villain of Starfield โ€”and now is considered a true villain in real life after a certainโ€ฆโ€ฆincident resulting in the breakup of Hollywood’s cutest couple. His stepfather decides for Vance that he should lay low for awhile and sends him off to a tiny remote town. And of course, he absolutely hates it there.

Rosie Thorne recently lost her mother and continues dealing with that grief by finding comfort in reading her booksโ€”that is until she damages a priceless edition of a book and is tasked with trying to repay it with the help of Vance. You can guess how that goes.๐Ÿ˜‚

They absolutely despise each other. But eventually, something changes all that.๐Ÿ˜

Ahhh Vance’s character development was amazing.๐Ÿฅฐ He went from not trusting anyone and being a total jerk to everyone to learning to believe in himself & others more and understanding his mistakes & fixing them. So sweet๐Ÿ’•

Of course, I automatically loved Rosie the moment I learned that she was a bookworm. Her obsession with books is so me and everyone else here (or at least I’m pretty sure).

“I love how books are not really just books at all, but doorways.
They are portals into places Iโ€™ve never been and people Iโ€™ll never be, and in them I have lived a thousand lives and seen a thousand different worlds.”

That’s so true๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ’ž And she even got Vance to get into reading books!!! That is such an accomplishment.๐Ÿคฏ I always try getting my friends into reading & GR, but it never works for me.๐Ÿ˜ข ‘Tis the sad reality.

Oh and then there’sโ€ฆโ€ฆ.Garrett.๐Ÿ˜’ Seeing how this is a Beauty and the Beast Retelling, Garrett just reminded me of Gaston.๐Ÿ˜ค

OMG and looking at the GIF, I can even see the resemblance between the two!๐Ÿ˜‚ They both look the same AND act the same. Garrett kept trying to get Rosie to agree to be his date even when she said ‘no’ and believed himself to be the most beautiful person ever xD. Just like Gaston.๐Ÿคข

Hehe and I was trying to come up with some ship names for Vance & Rosie. Like Rance? Or Vosie? xD they’re so bad.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿคฃ I don’t even know why I tried after my first attempt at coming up with ship names in The Upside of Falling . Never let me come up with new ship names xD.

Aghhhh and how did Ashely Poston manage to make me fall in love with her side characters so much???๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ Annie & Quinn were such awesome best friends for Rosie. I loved how their friendship was never compromised throughout the story and it stayed true the whole way.๐Ÿฅฐ Nothing got between the trio.๐Ÿ’ž

AND NEVER FORGET SPACE DAD๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ Space Dad was such an amazing figure in this book. Rosie’s Dad was also dealing with the grief of losing his wife but he always acted cheerful and even though he made mistakes in front of a lot people (like burning down the kitchen๐Ÿ˜‚) he still was amazing.๐Ÿ˜

This can be read as a standalone, but there are a lot of references from the previous books which makes me wish I read the 2nd book before this.๐Ÿ˜… BUT I did manage to read some reviews of the The Princess and the Fangirl and get some of the references in this book xD.

Now my only complaint of Bookish and the Beast is that IT WAS TOO SHORT.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ I really wish there was more to read. I WANT MORE ROSANCE okay, okay, that was bad.๐Ÿ™ˆ. BUT STILL. MORE ROSIE x VANCE.๐Ÿฅบ 288 PAGES WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR ME๐Ÿ˜ญ

Ahhh well there’s always re-reads.

Still. I’m just gonna be over here hoping that the author will decide to make more contemporaries in this series.๐Ÿคž

๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•’ ๐•”๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ž๐•ก๐• ๐•ฃ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ช ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•ฅ๐•–๐•๐•๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•๐• ๐•ง๐•– ๐• ๐•ฃ ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐•๐•๐•ช ๐•จ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐••?

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices: Manga #3) by Cassandra Clare (Author) & Hyekyung Baek (Illustrator) | Review

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Actual Rating: โญโญโญโญ.5


Whether it’s the book or manga, the ending still makes me cry.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ


Oh and every time I read the name Tatianaโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ..arghhh it just made me so mad.๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค
Although I do feel bad with what happened to Rupert, I still don’t like her.๐Ÿ˜’


I must say though. I was really excited to see Will singing the Demon Pox song bragging about how he was right, but it never happened.๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ There was a small part of it though.

Again. Jem’s laugh๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

And then the scones scene was skipped too!๐Ÿ˜ซ But at least I got to see a little more of Gideon and Sophie๐Ÿฅฐ


^Henry is so clueless๐Ÿคฃ

Cecily’s arguments with Will were just awesome xD. One thing I will always love about the manga is seeing the expressions on the characters’ faces.๐Ÿ˜‚

^Jem is always the peacekeeperโ€”even between siblings.

And then some other Cecily and Will moments.๐Ÿ˜‚


Also, seeing Will blush is just so sweet.๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅฐ And it happens a lot.๐Ÿ˜


I still can’t get over the ending though. It was bad enough reading about it but now you actually see it.๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Why do I keep doing this to myself???๐Ÿ’”


Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices: Manga #2) by Cassandra Clare (Author) & Hyekyung Baek (Illustrator) | Review

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Actual Rating: โญโญโญโญ.5


Rereading these mangas makes me want to reread TID again.๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅฐ
Also, Hye-Kyung Baek is killing me with her art.

I love how the first few pages have color in themโ€”it makes Jem & Will look even more beautiful.๐Ÿฅบ



And why do the Lightwoods look so hot??? Especially Gabriel๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜


And then Will during the masquerade ball swoons๐Ÿ’ž



xD Will was probably my favourite character in this one. All those faces he would make arguing with the others.๐Ÿ˜‚ He looks so evil xD.

The bickering between Will & Gabriel๐Ÿคฃ


Arguing with Tessa (And Jem laughing in the background xD)


Insulting the food gasp Shame on him๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜‚


And then there’s Will having an evil & creepy smile on his face xD
If I saw that myself, I’d be worried๐Ÿ˜ฐ


And of course, seeing Sophie & Gideonโ€ฆโ€ฆ..๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅฐ


I’m not ready to read Clockwork Princess.
I’m scared.๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ


P.S. This added bonus was definitely something I could imagine happening.๐Ÿ˜‚



Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices: Manga #1) by Cassandra Clare (Author) & Hyekyung Baek (Illustrator) | Review

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Actual Rating: โญโญโญโญ.5

“Iโ€™m here on my own account.

I need your help.

There isโ€”There is absolutely no one else that I can ask.”

What a coincidence seeing this right after reading a similar scene in TDA.๐Ÿฅบ

Ahhhh I loved reading this manga again!๐Ÿ˜ To anyone who loved TID, you definitely wonโ€™t regret reading the manga version!

Some scenes from the original book were obviously cut but the funny ones I remember were still there.๐Ÿ˜‚ Omg and the expressions on their faces๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฅฐ.

Tessa’s first encounter with Will๐Ÿคฃ

Six-fingered Nigel xD

Willโ€™s hatred of ducksโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ.

Jem playing his violin.๐Ÿ˜

And just seeing the faces Tessa would make.๐Ÿ˜‚

Of course, I’ll always prefer the book to the manga.
I must stay loyal to the true masterpiece.โœŒ

(Hehe also this helps with my reading challenge๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ˆ)

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3) by Cassandra Clare | Spoiler Review

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

My rating: โญโญโญโญโญ of 5

“Without sorrow, there can be no joy.”


I can now say that I’ve reread all of Cassie’s main series during quarantine.
What an accomplishment.๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‚

Ahhhh but why is it that Cassie’s endings to a series always make me cry????๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ซ

๐Ÿ›‘WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD๐Ÿ›‘

Clockwork Princess, City of Heavenly Fire, and Queen of Air and Darknessโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ

They’re always so beautifully written and especially with QoAaD’s endingโ€”the wedding, specifically Malec’s wedding๐Ÿฅบโ€”It was just too sweet๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜ญ.

โ€œAnd when one day people look back on me and what my life meant, I donโ€™t want them to say, โ€˜Alec Lightwood fought in the Dark Warโ€™ or even โ€˜Alec Lightwood was Consul once.โ€™ I want them to think, โ€˜Alec Lightwood loved one man so much he changed the world for him.โ€™โ€Šโ€

Cassie is really trying to make me an emotional wreck.๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ญ

City of Bones Alec and Queen of Air and Darkness Alec are such different peopleโ€ฆโ€ฆ.Cassie just leaves me in awe with the amazing character development.๐Ÿ˜ From being a shy and self-conscious teenager, he’s now grown up to be the new Consul and an inspiration to many Shadowhunters all over the world. AHHHH I can’t๐Ÿคง๐Ÿคง๐Ÿคง I love Alec so much.๐Ÿ’• And of course, Magnus Lightwood-Bane is no different.๐Ÿฅฐ

โ€œOkay, letโ€™s talk about the important part.โ€ Magnus turned to Alec with a furious look on his face. โ€œYou killed yourself? Why would you do that?โ€

Alec looked startled. โ€œThat wasnโ€™t me,โ€ he pointed out. โ€œItโ€™s an alternate universe, Magnus!โ€

Magnus grabbed Alec by the front of his shirt. โ€œIf I die, you are not allowed to do anything like that! Who would take care of our kids? How could you do that to them?โ€

โ€œWe never had kids in that world!โ€ Alec protested.

xD and delirious Magnus is hilarious๐Ÿ˜‚:

โ€œThe Children of Lilith will indeed be in debt to the Children of the Courts after this day, Kieran Kingson,โ€ said Magnus, staring intently in what he clearly thought was Kieranโ€™s direction.

โ€œThat was a very nice speech, Bane,โ€ said Jace. โ€œUnfortunately, youโ€™re talking to a doughnut.โ€

Then there’s seeing the rest of the TMI crew throughout the book. Simon & Izzy and Clary & Jace were the same as always.๐Ÿคฃ Their trick against the Cohort was the best.๐Ÿ˜‚

Manuel made a sputtering noise. โ€œKill them,โ€ he said, turning to his companions. โ€œGo on. Kill them.โ€

Jace drew the third in a line of Xโ€™s on the ground and tossed aside his stick. โ€œCheckmate,โ€ he said.

โ€œCheckmate is chess,โ€ Clary pointed out, entirely ignoring the Cohort surrounding them.

Jace grinned. It was a bright, beautiful grin, the sort of grin that made Helen understand why, all those years ago, Aline had kissed him just to see. โ€œI wasnโ€™t talking about our game,โ€ he said.


Argh that reminds me of the stupid Cohort. I was SO HAPPY when Horace Dearborn was killed by Julian (his spine was snapped in half muahahahha๐Ÿ˜ˆ).

I was really hoping for Zara and Manuel to die, but unfortunately Emma decides to spare her lifeโ€ฆโ€ฆand what does she do? SHE STABS EMMA IN THE BACK. ISTG ZARA U BACKSTABBING (literally) COWARD๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ˜ค

I swear, she better get the death she deserves in The Wicked Powers or I WILL RAGE. SHE NEEDS THE MOST PAINFUL DEATH POSSIBLE.๐Ÿ˜ค

But you know, I’m really curious to what their plan is seeing how they’re stuck in Alicante.๐Ÿค”

OH and I just LOVED ANNABEL’S DEATH. AND IT WAS BY THE HANDS OF JULIAN!!!๐Ÿ”ฅ LIVVY HAS BEEN AVENGED๐Ÿ˜ญ (Altho Ty had to ruin her peace and bring her back as a ghost๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ข Poor Livvy.)

I love how this art by Alice Duke was the dust jacket for QoAaD. I’m in looooveeee๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Julian and Emma have been through so much together dealing with the parabatai curse. I’m so happy everything turned out well and they got the happiness they deserved.๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅฐ

At the edge of everything, love and faith have always brought me back.

If I had to choose the characters I’m most looking forward to in TWP, it’d definitely be Ash Morgenstern, Dru, and Kit!!! Really curious to see what’s gonna happen between those three. Oh, and I wonder how Ty and Ghost Livvy are going to be dealing with their bond. Hmmmmm๐Ÿค”

Ahhh but the epilogue seriously just kills me though.๐Ÿ˜ฃ Cassie just leaves everything off like that and expects us to wait until 2022 (but like it’ll probably be 2023)?!?! The torture๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

One thing is certain:

The Wicked Powers is definitely going to destroy me in a way that I could’ve never imagined possible.

And I am so not ready.

๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•’ ๐•“๐• ๐• ๐•œ/๐•ค๐•–๐•ฃ๐•š๐•–๐•ค ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•”๐•’๐•Ÿ’๐•ฅ ๐•จ๐•’๐•š๐•ฅ ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ?๐Ÿ–ค

Webtoon Wednesday – Tower of God by SIU

Synopsis:

What do you desire? Money and wealth? Honor and pride? Authority and power? Revenge? Or something that transcends them all? Whatever you desireโ€”it’s here.

Intro:

When Rachel decides to climb The Tower in search of stars, Twenty-Fifth Baam follows her to be by her side. But Baam quickly finds that there’s more to the Tower that meets the eye. During his difficult struggle, he meets many friends and discovers his true potential. But there are dangers lurking around every turn. Will Baam be able to find his friend Rachel? What’s to become of Baam during his adventure? It all begins in the Tower of God.

I remember back before quarantine hit, my friends were SUPER HYPED up for the webtoon, Tower of God, turning into an anime (and being the first webtoon to do so).

They were begging me to read the webtoon and every time I’d tell them later (but in reality, I didn’t really feel like it๐Ÿ˜…). Eventually I just decided to try out the first chapter and……….let’s just say that the art was………not exactly appealing.

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Of course, the author was still 100000x better than I could ever be, but I just couldn’t get into the story. From there, I just decided to wait for the anime to come out and see how that went, then decide whether or not to continue on with the webtoon.

Thank goodness I went with that plan because season 1 of the anime ended with a HUGE CLIFFHANGER I just NEEDED to know what happened after. I couldn’t stand to wait a year for season 2 without getting spoiled and so I read the webtoon from where the anime left of. And omg…….

THE AUTHOR’S STYLE IMPROVED SO MUCH๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

JUST LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEASON 1 AND SEASON 2!!!!

And I got so OBSESSED with Tower of God, that I read all 485 episodes within a week of starting. It was way too addicting.๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿคฉ

Unfortunately, I caught up to where the webtoon was at right when the author went on HIATUS.๐Ÿ˜ญ It’s sad but I get that SIU needs a break. He’s been drawing/writing nonstop for years now. I hope he gets better.๐Ÿคž

I’ve never been so glad to have my friends and watch anime. I never would’ve bothered reading Tower of God if it weren’t for that.

Oh! Also, the opening and ending were sung by Stray Kids (Kpop). I, myself, have never listened to Kpop but the OP & ED were amazing!!๐Ÿฅฐ

This was my first webtoon and has still remained being my favourite of all the other webtoons I’ve read so far. I seriously can’t think of a better webtoon then Tower of God.

The storyline is phenomenal, the characters honestly have one of the best character developments I’ve ever seen, the artwork’s improvement is just amazing, and last, but not least, the references are hilarious!!!๐Ÿ˜‚

Remember though. Season 1’s artwork may be unbearable but I SWEAR IT GETS BETTER AFTER THAT. The style gradually improves a lot.

Warning: You may meet a character that you’ll absolutely DESPISE and want to kill so badly, that it just raises your blood pressure a lot (at least that’s what happened to me๐Ÿ˜ค).

Here’s the first episode on Crunchyroll!

๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•—๐•’๐•ง๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•ฅ๐•– ๐•จ๐•–๐•“๐•ฅ๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ ๐•†โ„ ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•– ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•จ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•“๐•– ๐•’๐••๐•’๐•ก๐•ฅ๐•–๐•• ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•š๐•ž๐•–?

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) by Cassandra Clare | Review

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Me: Help! HELP!
911: What seems to be the problem?
Me: Myโ€”myโ€”
911: Yes? Yes?!?!
Me: My heart has been RIPPED out of my chest and TORN to pieces. WHATโ€™S HAPPENING TO ME?!๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’”
911: Wrong numโ€”
Me: PLEASE!
911: โ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ
911: Thatโ€™s called heartbreak.
Meanwhileโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ..
Cassie: MUAHAHHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahha๐Ÿ˜ˆ

Oh why? Why did I set myself up for this torture rereading this?
There’s clearly something wrong with me.๐Ÿ˜ฃ

I knew how it was going to end and even prepared myself for the ending, but I still couldn’t help having my heart break. I feel dead on the inside.

Clockwork Princess and Lord of Shadows are the saddest books I’ve ever read.

I seriously believe that Cassie secretly has a job as a professional torturer, laughing in delight as she watches her readers suffer. Nobody can tell me otherwise.๐Ÿ˜ญ

All I can think about right now is THE BLACKTHORNS๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Each and every one of them have buried themselves into my heart. What’s there to hate about the family? They don’t deserve to deal with the stupid Cohort and Clave. Why is everyone always trying to hurt them?!?!๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

ESPECIALLY YOU, ZARA DEARBORN๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Now one of my favourite parts in this book was Mark still adjusting from his time in Faerie.๐Ÿ˜‚ It was just too funny xD. Especially the stupid stuff he did.


โ€œI suspect I would have the same problem,โ€ Mark said, eyeing the fish. โ€œIt is too badโ€”I was going to name it Magnus, because it has sparkly scales.โ€

โ€œI suppose I had better let him go free,โ€ Mark said. Before anyone could say anything, he made his way to the railing of the pier and emptied the bag, fish and all, into the sea.

โ€œDoes anyone want to tell him that goldfish are freshwater fish and canโ€™t survive in the ocean?โ€ said Julian quietly.

โ€œNot really,โ€ said Cristina.

โ€œDid he just kill Magnus?โ€ Emma asked.


^Rest in peace Magnus, The Goldfish๐Ÿ˜ข

“Remember, Mark is in charge.โ€

โ€œDoes he know that?โ€ said Livvy.

Julian sought Mark in the crowd on the steps. He was standing with his hands behind his back, exchanging a mistrustful look with a carved stone gnome. โ€œYour pretense does not fool me, gnome,โ€ he muttered. โ€œMy eye will be upon you.โ€


^Mark thinking the gnome is real. Omg๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


Emma and Markโ€™s good-bye had been bizarre, to say the least. Emma had given him a quick, absentminded hug before descending the stairs; Mark hadnโ€™t looked bothered until heโ€™d noticed Julian and the others staring at him. Heโ€™d run down the steps after Emma, caught her hand, and spun her to face him.

โ€œIt is better that you go,โ€ he said, โ€œthat I might forget your fair, cruel face, and heal my heart.โ€

Emma had looked stunned; Cristina, saying something in a low voice to Mark that sounded like unnecessary, had hauled Emma off toward the car.


^And then you have Mark being such a bad actor.๐Ÿคฃ

He’s so lovable.๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜‚ And I totally love Kieraktina!๐Ÿ˜

Gorgeous art by Kiveriah

And of course the Gwyn x Diana moments were just so sweet!!! Gwyn has always been one of my favourite faeries. Who knew the Leader of the Wild Hunt could be such a soft boi.๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅฐ

โ€œProvidence has brought us together again,โ€ Gwyn said.

โ€œI donโ€™t believe in providence,โ€ said Diana. She looked awkward, a little alarmed. She was holding her injured arm close against her. โ€œOr an interventionist Heaven.โ€

โ€œโ€Šโ€˜There are more things in heaven and earth,โ€™โ€Šโ€ said Gwyn, โ€œโ€Šโ€˜than are dreamt of in your philosophy.โ€™โ€Šโ€

Kit snorted. Diana looked flabbergasted. โ€œAre you quoting Shakespeare?โ€ she said. โ€œI would have thought at least it would have been A Midsummer Nightโ€™s Dream.โ€

โ€œFaeries canโ€™t stand A Midsummer Nightโ€™s Dream,โ€ muttered Kieran. โ€œGets everything wrong.โ€

Gwynโ€™s lips twitched at the corners. โ€œSpeaking of dreams,โ€ he said. โ€œYou have been in mine, and often.โ€



I just love those two so muchโ€”although that’s not a surprise. I love all her ships๐Ÿ˜ (unless there’s one I can’t remember that I hate๐Ÿค”)

Oh my god and the amount of The Last Hours references I discovered in this book. How did I not see them sooner?!?! Shame on me.๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

“Youโ€™re suggesting we burn down Blackthorn Manor?โ€ said Ty, his eyebrows up around his hairline.

โ€œOddly,โ€ Magnus muttered, โ€œyou wouldnโ€™t be the first people ever to have that idea.โ€


He’s talking about James.๐Ÿ˜‚ Those who read CoG will know what I’m talking about.๐Ÿคฃ

And I’m surprised I never noticed this the first time I read it (or maybe I forgot), but I saw that the Bridget that was in the London Institute with the Blackthorns is the SAME Bridget from TID!!!!๐Ÿคฏ

I thought at first maybe it was a descendant of her who had the same name BUT NO!!! It’s the same person!!! That DEFINITELY shouldn’t be possibleโ€”she’d be like 140+ years old by now. I checked on Cassie’s Tumblr and it’s confirmed that she is the same person and something happens in TLH that makes her long-lived.

Leave it to Cassie to do something as amazing as that. I want to know so badly now!!!๐Ÿ˜ซ

Oh and I loved seeing more of TMI characters, especially Magnus & Alec.๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜‚

โ€œThe legendary Lost Herondale,โ€ said Magnus. โ€œYou know, I was starting to think that was a rumor Catarina made up, like the Loch Ness Monster or the Bermuda Triangle.โ€

โ€œCatarina made up the Bermuda Triangle?โ€ said Alec.

โ€œDonโ€™t be ridiculous, Alexander. That was Ragnor.โ€


You know, this whole time I thought the Bermuda Triangle was realโ€ฆโ€ฆ I’m so dumb.๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚

Ahhh there’s also the scene about family mottos between Emma & Jules that I just loved.

โ€œI wonder what other family mottoes are,โ€ Emma mused. โ€œDo you know any?โ€

โ€œThe Lightwood family motto is โ€˜We mean well.โ€™โ€Šโ€

โ€œVery funny.โ€

Julian looked over at her. โ€œNo, really, it actually is.โ€

โ€œSeriously? So whatโ€™s the Herondale family motto? โ€˜Chiseled but angstyโ€™?โ€

He shrugged. โ€˜If you donโ€™t know what your last name is, itโ€™s probably Herondaleโ€™?โ€

Emma burst out laughing. โ€œWhat about Carstairs?โ€ she asked, tapping Cortana. โ€œโ€Šโ€˜We have a swordโ€™? โ€˜Blunt instruments are for losersโ€™?โ€

โ€œMorgenstern,โ€ offered Julian. โ€œโ€Šโ€˜When in doubt, start a warโ€™?โ€


And then there’s Livvy saying super sweet things๐Ÿฅบ

โ€œI realized something,โ€ she said. โ€œI want to be like you, Jules. Not this second, not right now, but someday. I want to take care of people, other Shadowhunters, people who need me. I want to run an Institute.โ€

โ€œThereโ€™s nobody else Iโ€™d rather be like than you,โ€ she said. โ€œI want you to be proud of me.โ€


Why did this make me cry so much???๐Ÿ˜ญ It’s so sweet and……I just can’t.๐Ÿ˜ซ

Well to sum it all up (because I wrote too much)โ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ.

Cassie just LOVES playing with my feelings. I both love and hate her for that. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜ญ

โ€œBreak my heart, Cassieโ€

โ€œBreak it in pieces. I give you permission.โ€

๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•’ ๐•“๐• ๐• ๐•œ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•“๐•ฃ๐• ๐•œ๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•™๐•–๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ฅ? ๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•– ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•“๐•–๐•๐• ๐•จ!

Saturday Snippets

When it comes to snippets, it’s probably no surprise that my favourite ones are from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world! Cassie just creates one of the most jaw-dropping and hilarious scenes I’ve ever read.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

Right now, I’m currently re-reading Lord of Shadows and I can’t believe how much I’ve forgotten. And I just love seeing the Blackthorn family, Emma, Cristina, and Kit sticking together and helping out the other.

Cassie creates such beautiful relationships.๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅฐ

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But of course, with beautiful characters, there must always be characters I absolutely just despise. *cough* Zara Dearborn *cough*๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค

Anyways here’s a small snippet from Lord of Shadows:

โ€œBecause of the Cold Peace, I cannot bid you welcome,โ€ Diana said. โ€œWhy are you here, Gwyn Hunter?โ€

Gwynโ€™s ancient gaze glided up and down Diana; there was no malice in it or arrogance, only the faerie appreciation for something beautiful. โ€œLovely lady,โ€ he said, โ€œI do not think we have met.โ€

Diana looked momentarily nonplussed. โ€œDiana Wrayburn. Iโ€™m the tutor here.โ€

โ€œThose who teach are honored in the Land Under the Hill,โ€ said Gwyn. Under his arm he carried a massive helmet decorated with a stagโ€™s antlers. His hunting horn lay across the pommel of his saddle.

Emma boggled. Was Gwyn hitting on Diana? She didnโ€™t know faeries did that, exactly. She heard Mark make an exasperated noise.

Omg I really love seeing the beginning of Gwyn and Diana’s relationship.๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s so funny and sweet at the same time.๐Ÿฅฐ

On Cassie’s tumblr, there are also a lot of snippets for Chain of Iron. And reading them just makes me want the book even more!๐Ÿ˜ซ

Therefore, I shall not suffer alone.๐Ÿ˜ˆ (Unspoilery, of course๐Ÿ˜‰)

His golden eyes were fixed on her, fierce as a hawkโ€™s gaze. She said, โ€œIt doesnโ€™t matter what I said. I wanted them to leave you alone โ€”โ€œ

โ€œI donโ€™t believe you,โ€ he said. She could feel the slight tremors running through his body โ€” tremors of stress, that meant he was holding himself very still. Holding himself back. โ€œYou donโ€™t say things you donโ€™t mean, Daisy โ€”โ€œ

Aww I just really want to know what they’re talking about!!! Are they about admit feelings for each other??? Or is it something else??? CASSIE WHY๐Ÿ˜ญ

Cordelia shivered a little, though it was not cold in the room. โ€œThere is something weighing on you, Matthew,โ€ she said gently. โ€œA secret.  Will you tell me what it is?โ€

 She saw his hand go to his breast pocket, where he often kept his flask. Then he lowered it stiffly to his side and took a deep breath.  โ€œYou do not know what you are asking.โ€ 

โ€œYes, I do,โ€ she said. โ€œI am asking for the truth. Your truth. You know mine, and I do not even know what makes you so unhappy.โ€

AHHHHhhh I seriously need to know what happens after that. Poor Matthew.๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ญ

You know, I think writing this post hasn’t helped suppress my need for Chain of Iron. I just want it even more than before. And the cover is just gorgeous!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Cover Reveal: 'Chain of Iron' coming March 2, 2021! โ€“ TMI Source

MARCH 2, 2021 CANNOT COME ANY FASTER!!!!๐Ÿ˜ฃ

Frustrated | Anime Amino

๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ ๐••๐•  ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•œ ๐•จ๐•š๐•๐• ๐•™๐•’๐•ก๐•ก๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐•š๐•Ÿ โ„‚๐•™๐•’๐•š๐•Ÿ ๐• ๐•— ๐•€๐•ฃ๐• ๐•Ÿ?
๐•†๐•ฃ ๐•จ๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•’ ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿš๐Ÿ™ ๐•ž๐• ๐•ค๐•ฅ ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•š๐•”๐•š๐•ก๐•’๐•ฅ๐•–๐•• ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•๐•–๐•’๐•ค๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•”๐•’๐•Ÿ’๐•ฅ ๐•จ๐•’๐•š๐•ฅ ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ?

(Also, I just made a twitter so if anyone has tips for that, all are welcome!๐Ÿ’•)